Meditate to Manage Diabetes

Meditating, even for a short period of time, helps to reduce anxiety and stress. This in turn causes an increased insulin sensitivity and a lowering of the blood-sugar level, thereby decreasing the risk factors for diabetes. Many people with diabetes find meditation a good way to reduce stress and lower blood-sugar levels.

A study in the journal Obesity by researchers from Penn State University found that after a group of overweight women underwent meditation training, their stress and fasting blood-sugar levels decreased. These 86 overweight or obese women received eight weekly sessions of meditative stress-reduction techniques. The participants learned how to use meditation and breath awareness as responses to stress. The group saw a decrease in fasting blood-sugar levels — both right after training was completed and when the women were retested eight weeks later.